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    Default Ranking The Final Fantasy Series

    Ranking Final Fantasy games




    The Final Fantasy franchise has a massive dedicated following, and gamers all have their favorite installments. The best and worst entries are often debated among friends and fans, with no clear winners. Everybody seems to have an opinion, so here's mine.

    I've been playing Final Fantasy since the original's release on the NES, and have played every installment in the series. That doesn't make my opinion more valuable than anyone else's, but it does put me in a position to compare and rank the games based on my experiences. Keep in mind that these are my personal rankings, not some official Game Informer stance on the subject.
    Note that this list only covers the 14 core Final Fantasy games. Extensions (Final Fantasy X-2), spin-offs (Final Fantasy Tactics), mash-togethers (Dissidia), and unreleased titles (Final Fantasy Versus XIII) aren't included. Ranking everything bearing the Final Fantasy name during the franchise's nearly 25 years would be a daunting task, so I'll just stick to the main numbered titles. Plus, remembering projects like Dirge of Cerberus just depresses me.
    On that note, what better place to start than at the bottom?

    14. Final Fantasy XIV



    To call Final Fantasy XIV's development and release "troubled" would be charitable. Calling it a "train wreck" is more apt, considering that even Square Enix president Yoichi Wada declared that the game "greatly damaged" the Final Fantasy brand. Normally, I'm against judging a game until I've given it a fair shot, and I haven't played Final Fantasy XIV long enough to level any specific complaints against it. However, of all the games on this list, this is the only one that I have no desire to play under any circumstance. So, by default, it goes in last place.


    13. Final Fantasy II




    Because it wasn't originally localized and released Stateside, I didn't play Final Fantasy II until it was packaged as part of Final Fantasy Origins on PSone. By that time, I had already finished Final Fantasy, and stepping backwards isn't easy. I don't have anything against playing older titles, but the dumb leveling system and dull story in this entry fail to immerse players in the world or the combat. Nostalgia is a powerful force when it comes to ranked lists like this, and I think Final Fantasy II might have placed higher if I had played it in its proper time and place.


    12. Final Fantasy III



    Similar to Final Fantasy II, this entry didn't release in North America on its native system. Instead, we got our first official release with the Final Fantasy III remake on DS. As a series enthusiast, this game is interesting because you see early forms of ideas before they were refined and included in later games (like the jobs of FF V), but the storytelling and pacing just aren't up to the standards set by other Final Fantasy titles. I'm pretty sure FF III marks the first appearance of Moogles, though, so that's worth something.

    11. Final Fantasy XI


    Final Fantasy XI was my first MMO, and in a time before World of Warcraft, I was amazed by what the genre offered. The game sets aside the narrative-driven experience most players associate with the Final Fantasy name, but it still feels like a true entry in the series. Even though I never got to the high-level content, I still spent just as much time immersed in Vana'diel as I did with any other FF installment. I stopped playing this before WoW even released, and once I saw how much hassle Blizzard's title eliminated from the MMO grind, I never went back. However, for a few short months, I absolutely loved Final Fantasy XI.


    10. Final Fantasy IX




    Following the high-tech settings in FF VII and VIII, Final Fantasy IX brings the series back to its roots, relying on high fantasy, classic visuals, and a story about a crystal. The throwback works well thanks to the fantastic ensemble cast – Steiner and Vivi stealing the spotlight away from supposed protagonist (and dude with a stupid tail) Zidane. The story starts great but gets progressively crazier due to Sephiroth-wannabe villain Kuja. As the last entry on the original PlayStation, FF IX pushes the system to its limits; I remember being floored by the spell effects and summon animations, though combat moves too slowly for my taste – even with the battle speed cranked up.


    9. Final Fantasy V



    Two words: Job system. This versatile and complex aspect of Final Fantasy V allows players unprecedented control over their party members' abilities. I could talk about other commendable parts of this game, like the story and the soundtrack, but my enjoyment (and this game's ranking) is based solely on building and customizing a party of unstoppable warriors. Earning new jobs and trying out different combinations are the incentives that keep you going through this adventure, though the characters and plot are nice bonuses on the side.

    8. Final Fantasy



    I have to give fair credit to the game that started it all. Yes, the story is practically non-existent, the four main characters don't speak, and you can only save from the overworld. However, considering that Final Fantasy was one of the early building blocks of an entire genre, it's importance to recognize how much the game accomplished. Successfully translating concepts from paper-and-pencil tabletop games (like D&D), Final Fantasy brought an epic adventure to life for me in a way that was previously only possible in my imagination. This game is responsible for kindling my lifelong affinity for role-playing games.



    7. Final Fantasy XII


    One of the great things about this series is that it reinvents itself with each entry. Final Fantasy XII is a drastic reimagining of combat and progression for the series, and those changes have earned FF XII legions of devoted fans. Personally, I wish this one had stuck a little closer to the series' comfort zone. While the game is well-executed and adheres closely to a clear vision for its design, that vision is too broad and undirected for it to contend with the heavy hitters on this list. I love the license grid and gambit system conceptually, but in practice, they bring the pacing to a grinding halt as you spend your time in menus tinkering. It doesn't help that the story seems more concerned with its own subtle political machinery than delivering a captivating tale…but Fran and Balthier are there to save the day.


    6. Final Fantasy XIII




    If FF XII is too open and unfocused, Final Fantasy XIII swings in the opposite direction. Many gamers complain about its linearity, but that wasn't really a problem for me. My chief complaint was how the story made no sense whatsoever. So, how does an RPG with a lousy story rank #6 on this list? The battle system. FF XIII has my favorite battle system of any Final Fantasy title, hands-down. Instead of micromanaging individual actions, you have the satisfaction of guiding the flow of a kinetic, ever-changing encounter. I don't even care that the plot falls apart, because as long as I'm fighting something in FF XIII, I'm happy.

    5. Final Fantasy VIII


    Final Fantasy VIII has its fair share of detractors, but I'm not one of them. I love the idea of an elite student strike force, and the plot does a great job delivering on that concept. I also enjoyed the way the relationship between Squall and Rinoa developed – which is really more the game's focus, as opposed to the threat of world destruction. People like to complain about the need to draw magic from enemies, but the Junction system (which allows you to augment your stats with spells) is a fun way to customize your characters, especially if you're interested in optimization and overpowering your party. Many elements of FF VIII aren't what people were expecting from the Final Fantasy name, especially on the heels of FF VII, but it's still one of my favorite RPGs on the PlayStation.


    4. Final Fantasy VII



    Cloud! Sephiroth! Materia! Everyone loves Final Fantasy VII, and with good reason. It set the standard for the RPGs of its generation and introduced jaw-dropping cinematic sequences as rewards for progressing through the story. The grim world controlled by a mega-corporation, the rebels fighting against them, and the iconic villain all contribute to making FF VII one of the most fondly remembered games in the series. Maybe there's some subconscious "it's super-popular so I like it less" pushback going on in my head, but for all of the great things in this game, not even Sephiroth has what it takes to break into my top 3.


    3. Final Fantasy IV



    This was the game that made me realize that games are capable of telling nuanced stories, with compelling characters and conflicting motivations. It also made me realize that airships are totally awesome. Final Fantasy IV has a dark knight, a spaceship shaped like a whale, and a fun turn-based battle system. Cast members rotate in and out of your party as the story demands, forcing you to change your strategies and adapt to new abilities. It has emotional moments, an outstanding soundtrack, and two *** old dudes who are powerful mages. All of these elements combine to form a nearly perfect storm of RPG mechanics and conventions that make FF IV a game I can always play and enjoy.


    2. Final Fantasy X


    From a storytelling perspective, Final Fantasy X is the most sophisticated entry in the series to date. Themes like journey, family, and duty constantly weave through the main plot, delivered through characters that feel right at home in the sad and desolate world. The introduction of voice acting makes the experience more immersive than ever, and the bittersweet soundtrack helps make Spira the most believable Final Fantasy setting. Unlike some other installments, the story doesn't fly off the rails towards the end, either; it stays focused and delivers an extremely satisfying payoff because of it. The battle system adds an action queue, so you can see when your allies and enemies will act, allowing more strategy than typical turn-based combat. Rarely can a game fire on all cylinders the way that FF X does, nailing everything on both gameplay and narrative fronts.


    1. Final Fantasy VI



    Not only is this my favorite Final Fantasy title..it's my favorite RPG, period. I've gushed about it before, and played it so much that I know it backwards and forwards. Even after all the time I've spent with Final Fantasy VI, I never get sick of it. The cast is so good that I can't pick a favorite character…Sabin, Edgar, Locke, Terra, Celes, Cyan, Shadow – how can you choose? Plus, most of them have unique abilities, so each one stands out in the turn-based encounters. The memorable moments just keep coming: the intro with the Magitek soldiers approaching Narsche, flying the airships in Mode 7, the end of the world, not to mention Kefka and his manic laugh. The structure of the story is the best of both worlds (wah wah), with a linear and story-driven first half followed by a freeform and open second half. With a story that deftly mixes humor and emotion, stunning and unexpected twists, and rock-solid gameplay mechanics, no other role-playing game can compete with Final Fantasy VI.


    By Joe Juba of Gameinformer.
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    Default Re: Ranking The Final Fantasy Series

    Ff 7 ftw!!!!!

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    what a shitty ranking. ami most ff game khelsi , ff 7 asolei best sob dik diye.then xii . ar aro ekta major joss game to nai list a , ff 7 crisis core

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    Default Re: Ranking The Final Fantasy Series

    Quote Originally Posted by solid snake View Post
    what a shitty ranking. ami most ff game khelsi , ff 7 asolei best sob dik diye.then xii . ar aro ekta major joss game to nai list a , ff 7 crisis core
    The guy proved something that FF 6 had unique RPG elements more better than the others, FF 7 was great but almost better than this.

    and Crisis Core was a spin-off

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    Great Thread Trave Bro. Keep It Up...........But Kisuta Wrong Ranking!!!!!!!!!!
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    ohh w8 my mistake , final fantasy 6 , how did i miss that. its the best. sorry my bad. but still the list is weird. asole ff game er rank korar thik na. gali khaoya must. cause ekek joner eketa valo lage. here my fav 5 that i actually played ..

    FF VI
    FF VII
    FF X
    FF XII
    FF VIII

    FF I , II , III , IV kheli nai, no idea how they were. ar crisis core spinoff hoilei ekta mention paoya ontoto thaka uchit.

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    Default Re: Ranking The Final Fantasy Series

    If you guys have a different opinion, lay it on the thread .I don't actually agree with the dude but didn't play the entire series so can't tell.

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    Votes and reviews from a site called Final Fantasy.com.Weird

    Game Reviews

    Below is a list of current reviews for the entire Final Fantasy series. If you have played a game and want to help other Final Fantasy fans learn about it, please Submit One to us. Other reviews can be found at TFF's own Library section.

    Final Fantasy I

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 3.784/5

    FF1 Rating: 3.784/5 (728 votes cast)



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    Marsh 80% Click Here
    Gilgamesh 95% Click Here

    Final Fantasy II

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 3.278/5

    FF2 Rating: 3.278/5 (395 votes cast)



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    Marsh 80% Click Here
    Gilgamesh 95% Click Here

    Final Fantasy III

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 3.717/5

    FF3 Rating: 3.717/5 (470 votes cast)



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    Gilgamesh 97% Click Here

    Final Fantasy IV

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.215/5

    FF4 Rating: 4.215/5 (832 votes cast)



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    Gilgamesh 99% Click Here

    Final Fantasy V

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 3.636/5

    FF5 Rating: 3.636/5 (429 votes cast)



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    dt29 86% Click Here
    Gilgamesh 97% Click Here

    Final Fantasy VI

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.416/5

    FF6 Rating: 4.416/5 (1153 votes cast)



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    dt29 97% Click Here
    Gilgamesh 100% Click Here

    Final Fantasy VII

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.706/5

    FF7 Rating: 4.706/5 (2796 votes cast)



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    Cyrix 100% Click Here
    Dann B. 90% Click Here
    dt29 96% Click Here
    Kevin 98% Click Here

    Final Fantasy VIII

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.633/5

    FF8 Rating: 4.633/5 (2149 votes cast)



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    Greg 88% Click Here
    dt29 89% Click Here

    Final Fantasy IX

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.487/5

    FF9 Rating: 4.487/5 (1496 votes cast)



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    Greg 95% Click Here

    Final Fantasy X

    TFF Community Score
    • Currently 4.632/5

    FF10 Rating: 4.632/5 (2609 votes cast)



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    Fuzz 95% Click Here

    Final Fantasy XII

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    • Currently 4.188/5

    FF12 Rating: 4.188/5 (1656 votes cast)




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